Medieval Scottish castle goes on the market for more than £650,000 

Medieval Scottish castle goes on the market for more than £650,000 
Medieval Scottish castle goes on the market for more than £650,000 

A castle that was built in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, burnt down by a pirate and has been in the same family for five centuries has gone on the market for offers over £650,000.

Kilberry Castle - which dates back to the 15th century - has a wealth of original features including a 288-year-old mausoleum. 

It sits in 21 acres of land on the Scottish west coast, with stunning views over Kilberry Bay and out to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha.

The four-storey tower house now needs a buyer 'with deep pockets and great imagination' to carry out a complete refurbishment.

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A castle that was burnt down by a pirate, saw action in the English Civil War and has been in the same family for five centuries has gone on the market for offers over £650,000

Kilberry Castle - which dates back to the 15th century - has a wealth of original features including a 288-year-old mausoleum (pictured)

Kilberry Castle - which dates back to the 15th century - has a wealth of original features including a 288-year-old mausoleum (pictured)

On the top floor is a room decorated with newspaper pages (pictured) from 1885 when Archie Campbell was confined to his room for several months with scarlet fever

On the top floor is a room decorated with newspaper pages (pictured) from 1885 when Archie Campbell was confined to his room for several months with scarlet fever

It sits in 21 acres of land on the Scottish west coast, with stunning views over Kilberry Bay (pictured) and out to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha

It sits in 21 acres of land on the Scottish west coast, with stunning views over Kilberry Bay (pictured) and out to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha

The four-storey tower house now needs a buyer 'with deep pockets and great imagination' to carry out a complete refurbishment. Pictured: The dining room

The four-storey tower house now needs a buyer 'with deep pockets and great imagination' to carry out a complete refurbishment. Pictured: The dining room

The castle (pictured) has no heating system apart from open fireplaces and will need new roofing, plumbing and rewiring too

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The castle (pictured) has no heating system apart from open fireplaces and will need new roofing, plumbing and rewiring too

It is thought the castle (a living room, pictured) may have originally been built as a defensive fort to guard a church from Viking raids in 800 AD

It is thought the castle (a living room, pictured) may have originally been built as a defensive fort to guard a church from Viking raids in 800 AD 

The Campbell family took up the management of the land around 1550 and Kilberry (a room, pictured) has been in the family ever since

The Campbell family took up the management of the land around 1550 and Kilberry (a room, pictured) has been in the family ever since

In the basement of the castle are the former servants quarters, wine cellars and store rooms (pictured)

In the basement of the castle are the former servants quarters, wine cellars and store rooms (pictured)

The B-listed tower house has over 13,00 sq ft of accommodation over four floors (one pictured) with five reception rooms, ten bedrooms and four bathrooms

The B-listed tower house has over 13,00 sq ft of accommodation over four floors (one pictured) with five reception rooms, ten bedrooms and four bathrooms

The castle burnt down in 1773 during the time of Colin Campbell, who fought in the Battle of Culloden. Pictured: The castle's entryway

The castle burnt down in 1773 during the time of Colin Campbell, who fought in the Battle of Culloden. Pictured: The castle's entryway

It has no heating system apart from open fireplaces and will need new roofing, plumbing and rewiring too.

But the sale includes a three-bedroom holiday cottage and planning permission to build a four-bedroom house.

It is thought the castle may have originally been built as a defensive fort to guard a church from Viking raids in 800 AD.

The Campbell family took up the management of the land around 1550 and Kilberry has been in the family ever since.

In 1513 the castle was attacked and burnt by Captain Proby, an English pirate, and during the civil war - from 1643 to 1645 - it was besieged by a Royalist contingent from the islands.

The castle burnt down in 1773 during the time of Colin Campbell, who fought in the Battle of Culloden, and lay semi-derelict until 1843, when John Campbell restored the ruins and added the tower.

In 1513 the castle (pictured) was attacked and burnt by Captain Proby, an English pirate, and during the civil war - from 1643 to 1645 - it was besieged by a Royalist contingent from the islands

In 1513 the castle (pictured) was attacked and burnt by Captain Proby, an English pirate, and during the civil war - from 1643 to 1645 - it was besieged by a Royalist contingent from the islands

The castle (pictured) burnt down in 1773 during the time of Colin Campbell, who fought in the Battle of Culloden, and lay semi-derelict until 1843, when John Campbell restored the ruins and added the tower

The castle (pictured) burnt down in 1773 during the time of Colin Campbell, who fought in the Battle of Culloden, and lay semi-derelict until 1843, when John Campbell restored the ruins and added the tower

The sale includes a three-bedroom holiday cottage and planning permission to build a four-bedroom house

The sale includes a three-bedroom holiday cottage and planning permission to build a four-bedroom house

In the 16th century the estate covered up to 30,000 acres but it was subdivided and sold off over the years with Marion Campbell selling the final five farms in the 1950s. Pictured: The entrance hall of the castle

In the 16th century the estate covered up to 30,000 acres but it was subdivided and sold off over the years with Marion Campbell selling the final five farms in the 1950s. Pictured: The entrance hall of the castle

The grounds include mature mixed woodland, a large walled garden and a small river with three fishponds. Pictured: The castle

The grounds include mature mixed woodland, a large walled garden and a small river with three fishponds. Pictured: The castle

Tom Stewart-Moore, from estate agents Knight Frank, said: 'I get to see lots of castles and tower houses and what I like about this (pictured) it is a big impressive building with lots of history but it's not a massive rambling castle'

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